update the transcripts zip file has been fixed
Transcripts and GMC decisionsGathered here are links to the GMC transcripts, the Fact Finding Decision of January 2010, the Good Medical Practice Guidelines, and the three Determination on Serious Professional Misconduct (SPM) and sanctions of May 2010
The transcripts can be downloaded as a single zip file of 10 mb The transcripts of the GMC hearing against Wakefield, Walker-Smith and Murch make great reading. They make nonsense of all the claims by Wakefield supporters against the process.It took me a bit of trouble to get my own copies of the transcripts of the GMC hearing against Wakefield, Walker-Smith and Murch. I had to exchange a few emails and call Manchester, UK. And I had a lot of trouble downloading the files At the time, I promised to agree to any privacy requirements, but I wasn't asked to make any promises. Having seen the transcripts, I understand why. The children are referred to only by number. And other identifying information has been left out. There no longer is a privacy concern. Probably because I've been referring to the transcripts so much, someone emailed me a link to them at Google documents. The transcripts can be downloaded as a zip file of 10 megabytes.
SoftwareThe transcripts are in .doc or Microsoft Word. If you don't have Word, download the free OpenOffice. Because there are over 150 files, a text searching tool is a great help. I recommend File Locator Lite, also known as Agent Ransack. It is also free. When using it, I turn on Word Wrap.
GMC Fact Finding Decision January 28, 2010
Good Medical Practice
The obligations of the doctors are set out, very broadly, in the Good Medical Practices guidance booklets. They were discussed on day 217, in the Determination of Serious Professional Misconduct (SPM) and sanctions.
From the GMC web site Good Medical Practice (1995) "This guidance was withdrawn in July 1998 and is no longer in effect." The birthday party used the 1998 guidance. Good Medical Practice (1998) "This guidance was withdrawn in September 2001 and is no longer in effect."
Determination on Serious Professional Misconduct (SPM) and sanctions May 2010
WakefieldWakefield had his name erased,filed an appeal, but abandoned it in December 2010. His name has been erased from the GMC register.
Walker-Smith Walker-Smith had his name erased, but filed an appeal. As of February 2011, it is not in force.
MurchIn these circumstances it was therefore not necessary to consider a sanction and Professor Murch is free to continue unrestricted medical practice. The Panel concluded Professor Murch acted in good faith albeit it has found he was in error. His actions, although comparable to professional misconduct in respect of undertaking procedures which were not clinically indicated, were mitigated by the fact that he was under a false impression that they were clinically indicated and this could not reach the threshold of serious professional misconduct...
Taking all of the above into account, the Panel concluded that Professor Murch demonstrated errors of judgement but had acted in good faith and that any professional misconduct on his part, such as his failing in duties of research governance and performing colonoscopies that were not clinically indicated, could not reach the threshold of serious professional misconduct because of the circumstances in which he found himself.
Accordingly the Panel found that Professor Murch is not guilty of serious professional misconduct.In these circumstances it was therefore not necessary to consider a sanction and Professor Murch is free to continue unrestricted medical practice.